Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would just be like any other community. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome the obstacles that we face and to do more than we could do on our own. Like the reactor that powers Iron Man’s supersuit, the Holy Spirit is the motive force that powers the Church. The life and death of Fr. Frans van der Lugt is an example of what the Holy Spirit enables us to do.
Marriages often fail when a couple is not prepared for the depth of communication and partnership that is required. But I do the same thing to God. I have often expected that God would support me in living “my” life and otherwise stay out of the way. Just like marriage, so we have to be willing to put God first and work on good communication. Most things are too big for me to handle, but there’s nothing “we” can’t handle.
The Good Shepherd knows his sheep by name, leads them out, and helps them find abundant life. Where do we see the Good Shepherd today? In other people. When a mother cradles her child and feeds it, God is feeding His sheep. Let us draw from God’s love so we can reflect it to other people.
Why do Catholics today look sad, timid, shy, and fearful? They haven’t met the risen Jesus! The Gospel shows us five places we can look for God: In the world He created, In good friends, In Scripture, In the Sacraments, and in the depths of our heart. Start living life in a contemplative way. This means we begin to realize that we are always in the presence of God. Look and Listen, and the risen Jesus will meet you.
On the happiest day of human history, two disciples are walking to Emmaus and they are downcast. They are downcast because they do not realize that Jesus has risen from the dead. In the middle of their sadness, Jesus walks with them and begins to show them that He had to suffer in order to enter into His glory. Jesus walks with as as we go through life, and He helps us carry our burdens. Just as Jesus had to suffer in order to enter into His glory, so we also have to suffer before we are ready for Heaven.